|Model - dark skin I guess|
|Model Karen Alexander - dark skin I guess|
|Actress and Miss USA 1993 Kenya|
Moore - dark skin I guess
|Fabulous EBW pin-up model Angelique|
Noire - dark skin I guess
|Actress Jennifer Freeman - light skin|
|Canadian actress Jessica Parker Kennedy. Lol she|
was on Smallville for a while and I though she was
Zoe Kravitz lol! She is starring on the Secret
Circle right now... I might watch just to see her.
Light skin I guess.
|Model Jessica White - medium/average skin I guess|
|An EBW I don't know- medium/average|
skin I guess, but it doesn't really matter
I decided to turn a comment on my post Smiling, Fun, Happy Black Women into a blog entry. First I'll say I'm not angry about the comment at all (I knew it would come sooner or later) and thank you for your kind words :) I just want to address it here so it's done and I won't have to do it again in the future. I do hear your concern. Anyways depending on the comments I'll decide whether to delete this post or not. I'll post your comment below and then provide my response:
I would first like to say that I do genuinely like your blog and visit it quite frequently. However I have noticed that when you show pictures of BW smiling, looking sweet, feminine etc I have noticed that the overwhelming majority happen to be lighter skinned. This is a concern for me primarily because I am brown skinned and I'm sure any young girls visiting this site of the same hue could easily find herself discouraged in not seeing images of gorgeous chocolate hued women looking beautiful & in all of their glory. And perhaps even give up in her pursuit of greater femininity reasoning that "it must not be meant for me". Lighter skinned women typically get the enthusiastic praise and potrayal of being the better, more feminine half of BW. Generally our young girls can go to any tv show, commercial, or movie to see the Black light woman's beauty on parade. And although there is absolutley nothing wrong with that, it does become problematic when in contrast the overwhelming majority of depictions regarding the darker black woman is often shown as the loud, ghetto, mean mugging round the way girl with an attitude and no self awareness. She's often presented mocked, ridiculed, unloved, or scorned. Or posssiably some tragic combination of them all. I think in order to counter this one sidedness of beauty & femininity bias in our community it is of equal importance to show the range of diversity in complexion BW encompass. To be clear, I do want you to know that I feel that you are doing an excellent job with the message that you are getting across on your site. I'm just hoping to bring awareness to this oversite you may not even realize. But as a beautiful brown skinned, size 6, and 31 year old former model I witness everyday. Eg; " Are you mixed you certainly couldn't be all black" or the often heard "you sure are pretty for a dark girl". You see its all about the imaging and because people dont see BW that look like me on Tv that means to many It must not exsist. I must not exsist. Or they even try to make an excuse for my beauty and darkness by trying to right me off as mixed, which I most certainly am not. The bottom line is YOU are a form of media and as BW although conventional media outlets refuse to pick up the torch of showing all hues of BW on par with whites and women of other races. YOU most certainly can. If you would like I could gladly send you images of beautiful choclate to ebony sisters that I have saved on my computer for you to post on your site. Women that are feminine, graceful, demure, beautiful and unapologetically, and obviously black. The power is yours!Well I guess I don't get into that light-skin dark-skin mess because I don't hear that much about it in Canada. I may not hear that much about it because I just don't associate with people who care about it. The guys who like me don't care, my family didn't tell me I was unattractive because of my skin, and other people teased me for other things (e.g., being Black period not for being darker than someone else). So for me if someone is part Black, identifies as Black, or they look like they are Black that's all I need to identify with them. I'm not into divisiveness or favoritism as long as they are good people or the this person is "more Black or real Black" than someone else thing. I know I may be very different from from other Black women but when I see them on TV or in photos I can see myself in that same position whether they are much lighter or much darker than myself (I consider myself to be medium/average). I don't need to see someone my exact shade at all. If you limit yourself to only identifying with dark skinned women you will be greatly limiting the positive influences you could be receiving as I mentioned in a previous post List of Shows Starring Black Women.
When I think "light" I mean Jessica Parker Kennedy colour where you strongly suspect she is mixed but maybe she is just like that (e.g., light skinned parents). Medium is average and most women I see fall into this range and includes Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, Gabrielle Union, Angela Bassett, and Kelly Rowland. Most of my images are of medium and light skinned women that is true. Dark I would say is Rutina Wesley, Viola Davis or even darker. That's just the way I see it and I'm going to continue thinking that way (don't anyone bother trying to "teach me" because it doesn't matter in my life anyway). So yes, women like Rutina Wesley and Viola Davis or darker are not as popular in the media and there are not as many popular celebrities who look like them.
In that post there were 32 women. Of that 32 only 8 are what I would consider light skinned, 21 are medium toned, and 3 are dark. To some people there are even more dark women because I've heard some categorize Gabrielle Union, Kelly Williams and others as dark. I have nothing against light or dark skinned women and if they are attractive and act like EBWs then I will collect images of them and watch their shows and movies and seek out their music. I'm not going to restrict myself to only posting dark skinned women to combat the negative stereotypes but everyone else in the world is free to do so on the Internet, and if they are EBWs I will link to them.
Let me explain that I get 97% of my blog images from from my Tumblr site (before I would use Google Images but this is more efficient and there are better images). The images from my Tumblr site come 99% from reblogging images from Tumbler users I subscribe to or from searches on the site. So unless other people post images of elegant, Rutina Wesley coloured women then they won't appear on this blog. I spend WAY too much time looking at and reblogging images as is to start searching the web for elegant dark skinned women especially when I don't have a preference. In order to get the images on my Tumbler site I go through MANY images that just don't have the EBW look so I would say maybe 15% of the images meet my strict personal criteria. Sometimes I just have to post the great image despite the small thing I don't like (e.g., a tiny tattoo, slightly too much cleavage, skirt at a length too short so I would never wear it, slight midriff bared, makeup too bright, hair shorter than I like etc.). Here is my criteria that I try my best to follow:
- Image is clear and vertical and actually an attractive photo (yes a lot of bad images are posted)
- No mean mugging or vulgar expressions whatsoever and only smiling or neutral faces (this leads me to reject so many photos)
- Woman is fully dressed in feminine, elegant, or girly clothing and not in a vulgar position (e.g., legs open, partially exposed, this is a major problem. I only post women in skirts and dresses too)
- The woman is attractive and of healthy weight (sorry I won't post just anyone. I only post women who fit the "ideal EBW" image, many woman won't, but the closer they get the better they look. They are ideals to strive for and if I post just anyone then what would be the point. There are Tumblr sites where they appear to accept anyone's submitted images)
- Images only contain Black women (rarely post where there is a male or non-Black woman also in the photo, and I only post if the Black woman is the focal point)
- Feminine looking afro-textured, relaxed, or weaved hair that looks natural and not bizarre (i.e., no blonde hair, vibrant colours, shaved heads, half-shaved hair, bad weaves, masculine looking hair)
- No visible tattoos and no face piercings (this is a serious issue with so many women even Zoe Saldana has tiny tattoos. I loathe face piercings with the exception of a tiny nose stud. Sorry but lip piercings just gross me out)
- It is a woman who I think has some EBW qualities (sorry Nikki Minaj or other female rappers will never be shown. I show Rihanna and Beyonce on rare occasions because it gives me hope that anyone can change and become an EBW)
Here are some images that would not meet my criteria: Reject1 (tattoo), Reject 2 (midriff, not EBW dress in my opinion), Reject 3 (bad photo because of yellow line on the right), Reject 4 (don't like the facial expression), Reject 5 (I just don't like the dress lol, shows leg and cleavage at same time), Reject 6 (posing with a non-Black woman). Do you see now how hard it was to get the photos I do show? So definitely the criteria are strict and I have to go through MANY images to find the one's that fit and that takes up a lot of time that I need to be spending doing other things (I'm going to probably kick myself for it later). I definitely don't turn down images because the woman is too dark or too light and I don't care if she is biracial, who she dates, or where she is from.
I would gladly accept your submissions on Tumblr but be warned that I might not like them or think that they fit the criteria. There are also several Tumblr sites devoted to dark skinned women. The great thing about the site is that is is free and anyone can sign up, collect, and post images of elegant dark skinned women if this is important to them. If you started an account about elegant dark skinned women I would subscribe to you and gladly reblog your photos. That might be more fun and empowering anyway because you would be in complete control and I think when people want something they should put in the effort to do it themselves. I think that collecting and trading images is a great hobby but it can be time consuming and I think readers need to realize that for instance, it took me about 3 hours to do this post. I think that the most benefit will actually come from finding and choosing images one likes rather than just looking at what I collect anyway. But for those short on time there are also in my opinion plenty of dark skinned women on my Tumblr site I just haven't used the images on this blog since I only post so many (I prefer to only post celebrities and models on this blog because posting random people is creepy and they might not like it, I've done it a few times though because they were great photos :)
Dark Skinned Women Tumblr Sites (as you will see only a small % of photos are EBW appropriate) Everyone start collecting images!
Dark skinned black beauty (dark skin)
Fyeahdarkgirls (dark skin)
Dark as night (dark skin)
Femme Black chick (feminine Black women)
Black and feminine (feminine Black Women)
My Black is beautiful2 (feminine Black women)
Modestly spectacular (feminine Black women)
Famous Black girls (different shades)
Black girls pretty 2 (different shades)
For colored chicks (different shades)
Incomparable Black beauties (different shades)
Natural hair rules (natural hair)
Natural hair everything (natural hair)
Skinny Black babe (different shades)